The College of St. Scholastica - Health Information Management
Onward and Upward!
As spring unfolds around the College of St. Scholastica,there is excitement and change in the air.  We are sorry to see Dr. Larry Goodwin leave his post as President, but look forward to collaborating with our new leader. The college's focus on inclusive excellence will continue to serve as a guiding principle, and we embrace the ideal. In the HIIM department, our reach starts in Duluth and extends across the country (and globe!) as our students and alumni display a great diversity in their backgrounds. The many voices make for a rich HIIM story. Mentioning voices, the HIIM department is expanding ours with social media presences on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Follow us to stay connected, network, and add to the discussion!



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Thank you, Fall 2015 PPE Mentors!

We would like to extend a hearty thank you to the mentors who worked with our students doing the Professional Practice Experience during the Fall 2015 semester! Their time and efforts are greatly appreciated.  The list of mentors can be found here
Con gratu lations to HIIM Faculty    
Dr. David Marc
Congrats to Dr. David Marc, who successfully defended his dissertation in February 2016.  Well done on this wonderful accomplishment! 

Kudos to Dr. Amy Watters and Dr. Danika Brinda on their successful promotions to Associate Professor. This is a major achievement, and reflects their level of scholarship, service, and teaching excellence! Congratulations! 
My Health ID Initiative 
AHIMA, a national organization of health information management professionals, has started an online petition to the White House to encourage our leaders to discuss a system where patients can be quickly and accurately identified. Faculty Member Danika Brinda joined the National Board of Directors this year. The ID will make healthcare safer and more effective. AHIMA wants to spread the message that "After all, only you are you." The goal is to collect 100,000 signatures in 30 days on the White House's "We the People" website. The campaign begins March 20 and will run through April 19, and needs 100,000 signatures to guarantee a written response. More information can be found here
Polished Publications from HIIM Faculty
Faculty member Dr. Danika Brinda published an article in the January edition of the Journal of AHIMA, titled "Shifting from Reactive to Proactive HIPAA Audits".  Congratulations, Danika!

The Journal of HIMSS from Summer 2015 included an article from Janelle Walpola and Ryan Sandefer with Sarah Tupper.  "Meaningful Use Audits: An Interprofessional Approach" includes  the applied experiences of an interprofessional team with expertise in Meaningful Use audit preparation. It also describes process and tools for assisting organizations (inpatient and ambulatory) and reports common findings. The article can be found here
AHIMA Adds Marc & Sandefer Text
New Staff Member Joins HIIM Dept. 
HIIM would like to welcome Eric Nordgren as he joins the Department in a new position as the Program Manager.  His primary tasks will include support of the PPE placement process, where he will be working closely with the Academic PPE Coordinator, Katie Kerr.  Other duties launching social media marketing on a number of platforms, general communications, and day to day activities to support the faculty and staff.  Eric has a background in Secondary Education and work experience in the healthcare field, most recently with United Healthcare Group in Duluth.  In his spare time, he enjoys outdoors pursuits including skiing, camping, canoeing, biking, and trail running.  He is excited to get to know all of the wonderful HIIM students and alumni.  Welcome!
Sandefer Participates in AHIMA Meeting  
In February, Ryan Sandefer and the other members of the AHIMA Foundation  Council for Excellence in Education held their annual strategic planning meeting in Chicago, IL.  

Students Start Exciting New Roles
Current HIM Graduate student Fred Legaspi moved to an new role recently as the HIM Manager at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in California.  Read more on his position and the facililty here .  Congratulations, Fred!

Mike Kovala, current HIM Graduate Student, has begun working as a Senior Data Architect at Sisu Solutions in Duluth. Great work, Mike!
Alum Takes on State Leadership Role 
Alisha Smith has been elected as the Tennessee HIMA was recently passed the gavel as she takes on the role of President-Elect of the state association. What an amazing accomplishment, great work Alisha!  
Faculty Member Elected to Board of Trustees
Madonna LeBlanc has been  elected as interim faculty representative to the Academic Affairs Board of Trustees Committee.  Congratulations, Madonna!
CSS Presidential Transition 
As you may know, the College of St. Scholastica is currently going through the hiring process to replace the retiring President Larry Goodwin.  Department Chair Ryan Sandefer and Student Representative Emily Jansen have been named to the presidential transition team.  Thanks for your service, Ryan and Emily! 
SISU Site Visit
Senior Students Out and About 
In addition to their PPE internship experiences, this year's senior students have visited the Sandstone Prison in Sandstone and SISU Data Center in Duluth with faculty member Janelle Wapola.  These field experiences are highly beneficial as the students prepare to enter the workforce. 
Giving to Sr. Loretta Scholarship Fund
As an instructor, educating the students for their future as a HIM professional meant a great deal to Pat.  One way the HIIM Department is able to promote and encourage continuing student education is through the Sr. Loretta Scholarship.  The Sr. Loretta Scholarship is offered to undergraduate and graduate students to assist in the funding of their education.  
As chair of the Scholarship Committee, I am requesting that donations to the scholarship fund be made this year in honor of Pat English and her dedication to HIM students and the profession.

To give to the Sr. Loretta Scholarship Fund, click the following link,  select "Other" in the Designation drop box, and type in "Sister Loretta Scholarship."    Give Now

Thank you,

Anna Kelly, Chair of the Sr. Loretta Scholarship Committee 
Congratulations to Student Representatives 

2015-2016 Class Representatives to the Faculty/Student Committee are as follows:
    Senior:  Abby Ceglar and Rachel Pazdernik
    Junior:  Alyssa Anderson and Rebekah Blaschko 
    Sophomore:  Rachel Aiken and Nick Gilbert 
SHIMA:   Meagan Krey, president
               Allie Raich, vice president
               Gladys Reyes, treasurer
               Mikaela Vadnais, secretary
SSHIP:   Junior:  Brandon Nash and Ben Thell
               Sophomore:  Anwar Kemal and Patrick Gillespie  
HIIM Department is Blogging -- Register!

The HIIM Department has started blogging. In an effort to engage alumni and current students regarding timely, interesting and important issues facing our department and the profession generally, we are taking to the pen (so to speak). To register for our blog and read recent posts, click here.
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April 20-22, 2016
Baton Rouge, LA
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April 27-29, 2016
Rochester, MN
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May 4-6, 2016
Elkhart Lake, WI
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May 6, 2016
Hanover, MD

June 6-7, 2016
Lexington, KY
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June 5-8, 2016
Melville, NY
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October 15-19, 2016
Baltimore, MD
With the economic financial crisis today, students and families are stretched to afford a St. Scholastica education. 

As one of our teasured alums, we are reaching out to you to support the College with a gift to the Sister Loretta Scholarship Fund and/or the LaTour Eichenwald Forum.

Sister Loretta Sheehan Scholarship Fund
Includes the Patricia Pierce Memorial Graduate Scholarship and Sue Watkins Progression Scholarship
When making a donation, please select "Other" in the Designation drop box and type in "Sister Loretta Scholarship."

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"Donating to the Sister Loretta Scholarship has become one of life's good habits!  The [Sr. Loretta] Committee knows how important even small contributions are to the scholarship and encourages wider giving so students continue to benefit in this outstanding educational program."

CSS Alumni, Monica Pappas, RHIA
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Contact Us 
If you would like more information about our program or financial aid contact:

Ryan Sandefer
Chair, Health Informatics and Information Management Department
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